Several days ago I began reading The Jane Austen Book Club (2004), by Karen Joy Fowler, after writing a preview of the book on the author’s birthday. I gobbled up this mouth-watering novel and enjoyed every bite!
The way that the story was told intrigued me. Each character had their say, and there was also narration by a representative member of the book group. There was back story on each character, and there were bits and pieces of trivia about Jane Austen and her works. The plot didn’t get muddled, however. Events moved forward to a logical conclusion. The tone was somewhat sarcastic, but in an entertaining way, without being overly negative. It was polite sarcasm.
Ms. Fowler is adept at social commentary, and very amusing. It was a pleasure to read something contemporary in the same style that Austen used, with the intertwining and analysis of Austen’s works being discussed by Fowler’s characters, and events in their lives mirroring Austen’s plots. Intricately woven and smartly written!